PODCAST: On pornography — an interview with Robert Jensen

Getting OffIn Robert Jensen’s book, Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity, he wrote, “Mirrors can be dangerous, and pornography is a mirror. Pornography as a mirror shows us how men see women.”

While feminists have been fighting the pornography industry since the 70s, it feels as though we face even more difficult challenges than before. We face a backlash not only from dominant discourse, popular culture, and of course, the users and makers of pornography, but also from some of those who might identify as third wave feminists. Pornography has been incorporated into mainstream culture in such a way that many see it as an essential part of our culture — so where do we go from here?

In this episode, I explore these issues and more with Robert Jensen, professor of journalism at the University of Texas. Robert has done extensive research, writing, and speaking on pornography and its impact on manhood, masculinity and violence against women. This interview was conducted in August 2011.

Meghan Murphy
Meghan Murphy

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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